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Good day , I was out at the dog park this morning playing ball in the field . When all these kids start running around . My dog got excited picked up one of the many traffic like cones .Running with it then this guy starts yelling at me to get my dog away from the kids. Before I could get her on the leash one kid went and kicked her in the head . The shoe must have caught her eye it started to bleed . I have her at the vet as we speak . I would like the names off the schools involved in the outing . How is going to pay the huge vet bill? I don't understand why they have to play at a dog park when there is a sports plex across the road . So not fair ...ty

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Please see the attached May 2015 Newsletter. 
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Jessica, Rena & Lorraine
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It looks like we have a transient living at Little Mountain Park. I found the tents and supplies buried in the forest . It was located at the picnic table and fire pit along the south edge of the ‘Big’ field trail and close to where the trail turns northward. I have sent this information on to the authorities.

http://www.lfpress.com/2015/04/26/animal-activist-collects-3500-signatures-on-petition-for-winnipeg-not-to-smoke-bomb-gophers 

 

Won't someone think of the gophers?

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Animal activist's petition has 3,500 signatures to stop smoke-bombing ground squirrels


BY , WINNIPEG SUN

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A Richardson's ground squirrel.
A Richardson's ground squirrel.

An animal advocate is imploring the city to think of the gophers as it carries out its control operations, and she is not alone.

Nearly 3,500 people have added their names to an online petition which began following news the city has turned to sulphur smoke bombs to control burrowing holes in about a dozen parks and athletic fields.

"These are intelligent, sentient beings. They would feel the pain as much as you or I," said Judy Stearns, who's been advocating on behalf of the rodents also known as Richardson's ground squirrels.

A city spokeswoman said the control program which recently began is needed as the holes pose a "significant risk" to park and field users.

The city turned to a product known commercially as The Giant Destroyer this year after suspending the use of poison pellets last summer when a dog ingested them at Little Mountain Park.

The pellets contained an anticoagulant which causes prolonged internal bleeding. Smoke bombs asphyxiate the rodents and are preferable to poison because they're relatively fast-acting and don't carry the same high risk of collateral damage, according to James Hare, a biological sciences professor at the University of Manitoba.

"I've been told that it's more humane, but it's not humane," Stearns countered. "If it takes 30 minutes for the respiratory system to hemorrage and collapse, how humane is that? I think if people saw it they would be mortified."

The city has been conducting a pilot program with the sulphur smoke bombs at John Blumberg and is considering starting another that uses carbon monoxide.

Stearns, who lives on a hobby farm near Stonewall, questions the need to control the gopher population — but if intervention is required she'd prefer to see them captured live and relocated or euthanized.

While the city was uncertain if those options had been explored, Hare said relocation is labour-intensive and would have had to occur prior to females birthing their litters. Live trapping and euthanizing also carry high labour demand and costs.

"Some things are just too cruel and inhumane to do. If it costs more to do it humanely, so be it, or else just leave them alone," Stearns said.

Hare, who said that Richardson ground squirrels are of "critical importance ecologically," doesn't like the idea of killing anything but understands that value judgments are made when it comes to land use.

"It ultimately comes down to how much we value other life, and feel compelled to treat all living things in a humane and ethical fashion," he said.

 

 

Four Chocolate Labs having a great walk today!

 

Nasty wind yesterday. Lots of trees downed along the trails.

Here are the details for the 2015 Pet Expo

 

http://www.manitobapetexpo.com

Hi Lloyd,

Just wanted to let you know that our crew took advantage of some favourable conditions today to do a prescribed burn at Little Mountain Park. They are burning to improve the prairie and knock back encroachment of the forest.

Thanks,

Rodney Penner

City Naturalist, City of Winnipeg